Here’s a fun clip video from the 2012 Russian National YoYo Contest. The talent in Russia is solid, and I can’t wait to see them start taking world titles. I’m betting that with Prague angling to become the host of the largest and most prestigious yoyo contests in the world, we’ll see a heavy Russian contingent competing at the much discussed “Worlds13” in Prague this August.
Videos are up for the 2012 Vietnam National YoYo Contest, and the skill level is great! Always exciting to see another country coming up fast in the competition scene…and judging by these freestyles, they’re well on their way to kicking butt on the international level. Wonder if we’ll see any of these guys in Orlando or Prague this year? Here are the winners from each division…more videos are up on their YouTube channel.
Van Dinh Sang – 1st Place – 1A (Single YoYo)
Nguyen Hoang Tuan – 1st Place – 2A (Double YoYo Looping)
Ho Minh Nhat Duy – 1st Place – 3A – (Double YoYo String)
Than Trong Son – 1st Place – 4A (Offstring)
Nguyen Minh Chien – 1st Place – 5A (Counterweight)
I’m just going to put this up here and let you draw your own conclusions.
Paul Dang shows off some great tricks, performed on the original Project yoyo from OneDrop. The Project is still, to my mind, the finest throw they’ve ever released. Only made briefly and replaced rather quickly by the Project 2, which wasn’t nearly as well received, the Project is one of those throws that people get all wibbly and nostalgic about. As they should, it’s a great throw!
To their credit, once OneDrop discontinued the Project they publicly posted the CAD code for anyone with access to a CNC lathe to make their own. Here’s that code…if you’re feeling industrious and want to make a batch of these for yourself, go right ahead!
1st Place – 1A (Single YoYo) – Maxim Gruzintsev
1st Place – 1A Amateur (Single YoYo) – Ivan Mazurin
1st Place – 2A (Double YoYo – Looping) – Lev Derzhavets
1st Place – 3A (Double YoYo – String) – Sergey Bandurin
1st Place – 4A (Offstring) – Vitaly Evdokimov
1st Place – 5A (Counterweight) – Alexy Nemchik
1st Place – AP (Artistic Performance) – Vlad
When I asked Drew why he likes to make toys, he said that he believes design should be enjoyed. “Toys are disarming because you just want to play with them,” Drew says “and that element of play can lead to a strong bond with the object that you might not see from a more static sculpture.”
It’s great to see Drew being recognized outside of the yoyo community for his extraordinary creativity, and we really can’t wait for his flatpack yoyos and kendamas to become available. See below for a video of Drew’s flatpack kendama in action.
Can you watch this video of Kazuya Murata competing in the 1A Prelims at the Shikoku YoYo Contest in Japan without squealing and yelling “HE’S SO CUUUUUUTE!” at the top of your lungs?
Neither can we.
Three minutes of new tricks and new concepts from YoYoFactory Protege, Joe Wilson.
After the Genesis was released in 2009 to rave reviews and massive popularity, YoYoFactory wondered if there was anything that they could do to improve this design. After testing a few different concepts, the overwhelming winner was the addition of YoYoFactory’s patented triple bearing Hubstack System. Not only do the hubstacks enable you to perform different tricks, but the additional weight and the altered weight distribution change the Genesis into a completely different beast. Limited in color and quantity, these won’t last long!
56.4 mm Diameter
43.94 mm Wide
The Genesis is available now at YoYoExpert.com.
Tonight at 10:00 PM EST the LOOP 1080 releases at YoYoExpert as part of Wave 2 of the YoYoFactory Champions Collection. Retail price is $23.99 each.
This highly anticipated yo-yo was designed with input from World Yo-Yo Champion Shu Takada and was already used to win the 2012 National Yo-Yo Contest by Patrick Mitchell. The Loop 1080 has improved weight distribution and a fully centered adjustment mechanism, giving it a completely different feel and improved performance from the much-vaunted (and highly impressive) Loop 900.
YoYoFactory seems to have finally cracked the secret of the perfect looping yoyo without requiring modification…how many world and national titles do you think the Loop 1080 will bring in 2013?
1st Place – Lorenzo Sabatini (offstring)
2nd Place – Danny Martucci (counterweight)
3rd Place – Andres Pegam (counterweight)
4th Place – Armando La Rocca (offstring)
5th Place – Riccardo Fraolini (3A)
1st Place – Lorenzo Sabatini
2nd Place – Francesco Giola
3rd Place – Armando LaRocca
4th Place – Riccardo Fraolini
5th Place – Allesio Dalla Villa
Click through to the contest website for more!